What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is defined as inflammation of the gums and it occurs as the result of plaque forming around the teeth. Once this buildup occurs, the body’s immune system responds to the substance by causing inflammation. Redness and swelling of the gums will generally then follow, with the possibility of bleeding as well. If the condition is left untreated, it can then lead to periodontitis. This is a more advanced gum disease that can ultimately result in tooth loss. However, gingivitis is easily treated once it is diagnosed.

Treatment of Gingivitis

When you come in for your regular checkup at Creekside Dental, a routine exam by Dr. William McCune or Dr. John Micaletti can detect and diagnose the condition. They will recommend treatment options and you will be advised that regular brushing and flossing will generally alleviate the symptoms and prevent them from worsening. A good antibacterial mouthwash will also assist in removing harmful plaque, as well as helping you maintain good oral hygiene.

Regular Checkups & Gingivitis

Regular appointments are important for early detection of gingivitis. If you should miss a regularly scheduled appointment with your Buffalo Grove, IL dental team, the untreated plaque in your mouth could develop into tartar. This is a buildup of a more solid substance around your teeth. If left untreated, it could lead to gum disease or periodontitis. Periodontal probing can be used to measure the pocket depths around a tooth to prevent this from happening. By working with your Buffalo Grove, IL dentist, you can keep your gums free of gingivitis and periodontitis.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns about gingivitis or other oral health issues. Schedule an exam with one of our dentists today.


Did You Know That Water Benefits Oral Health?

We drink water to quench our thirst. We may also drink water as a healthier no-calorie beverage alternative. Although we may have a fundamental understanding of the health benefits of water, few understand how the full potential of this powerful liquid. Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, and Dr. John Micaletti of Creekside Dental want patients to understand how and why water is beneficial to oral health.

Water and the Body

The Buffalo Grove, IL dental team knows that most patients don’t understand the connection between water and maintaining good oral health. This is why they are committed to educating patients on the benefits of nutrient-rich water and the role it plays on keeping their teeth healthy and strong. As humans, water makes up sixty percent of our body composition. This is evidence of how vital water is to our health holistically. Every part of the body, including the teeth, benefits from this precious liquid.

How Water Benefits Oral Health

In particular, water plays a key role in preventing cavities and tooth decay. It’s a calorie-free alternative that keeps your teeth clean by washing away food particles and debris. It also helps to alleviate dry mouth which is known to contribute to the development of cavities. When water contains fluoride, it helps strengthen your teeth. Drinking water with fluoride is a super easy way to prevent cavities. Water has zero calories and no sugar. Sweetened drinks like soda can put you at a higher risk for cavities. Think about this the next time you drink water – it’s an easy way to care for both your body and your smile.

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This Buffalo Grove, IL dentist is committed to educating patients on all the oral health benefits of drinking water. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us. We are here to help you.

Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

When you brush your teeth, do you brush your tongue, too? Lots of people don’t think about taking care of their tongue when they brush, and that means they’re not doing everything they can to ensure maximum oral health. There are some good reasons to add brushing your tongue to your daily oral health regimen.

Brush Your Tongue to Remove Bacteria

Your tongue is can be a place in your mouth where lots of bacteria grow. The surface is ideal for building up bacteria with its grooves and dips. Eventually, it builds up and develops a biofilm alive with bacteria. This can lead to chronic bad breath that is embarrassing and very difficult to get rid of. Also, when you don’t brush your tongue, the bacteria buildup can lead to more cavities. The only way to get rid of the biofilm made of bacteria is brushing it. Not even the strongest mouthwashes available can cut through it. Your oral health depends on regular brushing of the tongue. It’s like an added layer of protection. 

How to Brush Your Tongue

You should be brushing your teeth at least twice daily. It’s easy to include brushing your tongue at the same time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your tongue side-to-side every time you brush your teeth. Once you’re done, be sure to rinse your mouth with water. There are tongue scrapers that are designed to help clean your tongue. If you decide to use one, be sure to use it gently so you don’t damage your tongue.

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Schedule your yearly checkup today. Or,f you have any questions about your oral health or brushing your tongue, you can reach out to your Buffalo Grove, IL dental team at Creekside Dental. Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, and Dr. John Micaletti are happy to help! 

What to do if the Roof of your Mouth is Swollen

The roof of your mouth can become swollen for quite a few reasons. While it is can certainly be uncomfortable when it happens, there is usually no cause for alarm. In most cases, the swelling is caused by an injury to the roof of your mouth. It may be caused by a scratch from some food you ate. Or it might be from drinking or eating food while it was too hot. It can also be caused by canker sores or cold sores. Dehydration can also be a common cause. Sores usually heal on their own and go away after a few days. They may take up to a week to disappear. If dehydration causes the swelling, then it can simply be cured by drinking more water or sports drinks to rehydrate your body.

When to Contact Your Dentist

Even though swelling in the roof of your mouth usually isn’t a serious issue, there are times when it can be a sign of an underlying health problem. It is rare but possible that it is caused by serious conditions such as oral cancer, viral hepatitis, or the human papillomavirus (HPV). While these cases are very rare, it is still a good idea to make an appointment with a Buffalo Grove, IL dentist if you believe that your swelling is a sign of other health issues.

You should contact Creekside Dental if the swelling in the roof of your mouth hasn’t gone away in a week. Also, contact a dentist if the pain becomes severe. Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, Dr. John Micaletti, and their Buffalo Grove, IL dental team will be able to determine what is causing the swelling and pain. They will work together to find an effective treatment plan that will work for you. Please call if you have any questions or concerns.

Oral Thrush: Irritating and Rare, but Treatable

Yes, it is possible to get a yeast infection in your mouth, and it is just as irritating as other yeast infections. The condition is called oral thrush, and it happens when the yeast that is naturally found in the mouth becomes overgrown. It primarily affects those with compromised immune systems such as people living with AIDS or who are undergoing chemotherapy, but it can also affect someone who uses a steroid inhaler to treat conditions such as asthma.

Ask Your Dentist About Oral Thrush

If you have oral thrush or you are concerned that it could develop, don’t hesitate to speak to the staff at Creekside Dental. Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, Dr. John Micaletti and their Buffalo Grove, IL dental team will be able to answer any questions that you may have about this condition and help you find a treatment. Contact our office for more information or if you need to schedule an appointment with a great Buffalo Grove, IL dentist.

New Findings: Pneumonia and Dental Health

Did you know that practicing good oral hygiene can do more than give you healthy teeth and gums and prevent cavities? Research indicates that there’s a link between poor oral health and bacterial pneumonia. The body contains a ton of microbes that have the ability to do both good and bad things to the body. However, bad microbes are only truly dangerous to your health under certain conditions. This is one of the many reasons why seeing the dentist twice a year can be important to your overall health, not just oral health.

The Truth About Bacteria…

Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, and Dr. John Micaletti of Creekside Dental understand that there is a link between the bacteria found in our mouths and the development of bacterial pneumonia. Unchecked, the number of bacteria present in the mouth can grow to unhealthy levels, contributing to the development of bacterial pneumonia. Although we can never completely rid our mouth’s of bacteria, we can reduce the amount present creating an environment conducive to both oral health and overall health.

The Connection Between Oral Bacteria and Pneumonia

Sometimes, pneumonia can develop from accidentally inhaling bacteria into the lungs. There are several different types of bacteria that are known to contribute to the development of bacterial pneumonia:

  • Streptococcus
  • Haemophilus
  • Staphylococcus
  • Anaerobic bacteria

See your Buffalo Grove, IL dental team twice a year to lower your chances of developing pneumonia.

Cavity Prevention: The Anatomy of a Cavity

Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, and Dr. John Micaletti would like you to know that the overwhelming majority of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had at least one cavity during their lifetimes, so it’s definitely worthwhile knowing what you can do to prevent them.

What is a cavity?

Cavities will form in your mouth when you fail to brush or floss away foods which get trapped on the teeth, because bacteria in your mouth works to convert these substances into acid. Within 20 minutes of having a meal, these substances can begin to form plaque, which is a sticky material that retains acid, and will immediately begin to eat away at teeth to create holes or cavities, which require intervention from Creekside Dental.

Defending against Plaque

There are two things that everyone should be doing to defend themselves against plaque attacks. First of all, brushing your teeth after meals should be considered your first line of defense, because this prevents the formation of plaque on the teeth. Flossing and rinsing should be part of your oral hygiene as well. The second line of defense would be to make sure to schedule appointments with your Buffalo Grove, IL dentist every six months, so that any developing issues can be promptly addressed. If you’re due for a cleaning, come by soon to keep those cavities at bay.

Prevent Gum Disease, Prevent Cancer

There’s a lot to be said about practicing good oral hygiene. Not only does good hygiene keep your smile bright but it also keeps your teeth and gums healthy. Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, and Dr. John Micaletti of Creekside Dental understand the power that taking good care of your teeth can have on your overall health as well as your oral health. An ounce of prevention is truly worth a ton of cure.

The Truth About Gum Disease

Most people understand that improperly caring for your teeth can have an adverse effect on your gums. This is not news to most. However, Research has found a correlation between the low-grade systemic inflammation caused by periodontitis and certain cancers found in other parts of the body. Oral cancers, as well as cancers of other parts of the body, have been linked to the pathogenic bacteria that deteriorates the gums and the ability of this bacteria to spread to other parts of the body and do harm. This is one of the many reasons why the Buffalo Grove, IL dental team is committed to teaching patients proper oral hygiene as well as the importance of seeing your dentist regularly.

The Solution

Prevention and early diagnosis are truly the answer when it comes to preventing gum disease. This means that plain old fashioned brushing and flossing are powerful tools when it comes to preventing oral diseases. Add regularly scheduled visits to your dental hygiene regimen and you have a winning combination. Early diagnosis is often the key to preventing dental issues from affecting other parts of the body.

What to Expect When Your Baby is Teething

The Creekside Dental team understands that teething can be uncomfortable for babies and parents. The fussiness, drooling and constant biting and chewing can be alarming to new parents, but it is a normal part of childhood. It’s recommended that you use cold teething rings to help soothe the baby’s gums when a tooth is coming through.

What’s normal and what isn’t?

The first set of teeth generally come in around six months of age. By the time a child is 30 months, they may have a full set of 20 teeth. When the first few teeth erupt through the gums, you should think about making an appointment with your Buffalo Grove, IL dental team to learn how to take care of your child’s teeth.

When a tooth is erupting, your child may drool more than normal. They may want to chew on anything and everything. The child may also be fussy from the mild gum pain, and may even get a rash on the face where the drool runs down. If a cold teething ring doesn’t help alleviate the discomfort, ask your Buffalo Grove, IL dentist about using an over-the-counter numbing medicine or pain reliever.

Some people notice a fever or runny nose during teething. Although there may be an indirect link between teething and a runny nose or fever, teething itself should not cause those symptoms for any prolonged amount of time. Your child may be experiencing an infection because of germs that got into the child’s mouth or that they were exposed to while the gums broke. You may want to talk to your doctor about the symptoms.

Make an appointment with Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune or Dr. John Micaletti to learn more about teething and taking care of your child’s teeth.

Dental Implants to Get Your Smile Back

Your Buffalo Grove, IL dentist strongly recommends dental implants if you are missing teeth. Whatever the cause—accident, decay or illness—implants provide a natural-looking replacement that is permanent, effective and affordable.

Cosmetic and Oral Health Benefits

At Creekside Dental, many patients who have invested in the treatment report greater confidence, which can positively impact every aspect of your life. And that’s only a small portion of the benefits. When you choose dental implants, you can improve your overall oral health for years to come.

The Buffalo Grove, IL dental team points out several ways implants can help:

  • They provide support for your jawbone and facial structure. Implants contain titanium, which naturally fuses with our bones by promoting bone growth. Getting implants can help strengthen a jawbone weakened by tooth loss.
  • By replacing damaged and decayed teeth, you need less work in the future. Implants are built to be hardy, and have a 98% success rate reported through research, making them a long-term solution to restoring your health.
  • With no gaps, you can chew all types of food and can speak more clearly. Having gaps in your teeth can cause misalignment of your jaw, bringing more wear and tear to your jaw and mouth. Implants act as a full replacement tooth, correcting any misalignment caused by gaps.

All of your Creekside dentists–Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, and Dr. John Micaletti—have years of experience with dental implants. They are happy to explain how implants work and put together a customized treatment plan.

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